"Night Dancer" was the first Brooks-Esty song recorded
1979 was a big year for Bob Esty.
Michelle Aller and Michael Brooks were brought in to write lyrics.
Brooks: "Bob had just
finished producing a second Cher disco album called Prisoner in the
summer of '79 (which is where Hell on Wheels comes from originally),
when we were all offered the job of doing the RB soundtrack. We never
really thought it would be a great work of art but it was work ! We
only had a few weeks to get some material together as primary shooting
was well under way. My big moment was the Summer Love scenes, which
you must admit is a BIG part of the drama ! It was all such fun."
A few notes on the soundtrack LP.
Brooks: "The only outside track
was the Earth, Wind and Fire song which we had nothing to do with.
Mavis Vegas Davis is , of course, Michelle Aller. Ron Green was a
studio singer who was a friend of Bob's ( I trust you know the Pointer
Sisters' version of We've Got The Power !) Johnnie Coolrock was just a
local L.A. band that Larry Emerine was trying to push. I knew Stephen
Marcussen, and Daryl Peck very well and Studio 55 (which no longer
stands) was our home. I do recall that doing the Supertramp song Lord
is it Mine was my idea! I was into Prog Rock as well as Punk and New
Wave. There is actually a version of Bob trying Elvis Costello's Pump
it Up which thankfully remains a RB out take !"